Senate releases insider accounts of Trump Tower meeting between campaign aides and Russian emissaries

The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning released released testimony and documents providing new inside accounts of the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides to Donald Trump and Russian emissaries promising damaging political “dirt” on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

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The roughly 2,500 pages of newly released Senate interviews provide the most detailed look to date into what happened at the June 9, 2016, meeting in the offices of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, decided earlier this year he would permit the release of the 2,500 pages of transcripts, a decision welcomed by Democrats.

“Let’s get them out there for everyone to see,” Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters in January.

Donald Trump Jr. said he welcomed the chance for the public to review his testimony.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry,” he said in a statement to ABC News. “The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the Committee.”

The planned gathering occurred two weeks after then-candidate Trump locked up the Republican nomination. Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign…

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